Helena Martins was walking near her home in London last week when she was attacked by a stranger who had a problem with what she was wearing: a tie. Martins is a lesbian and dresses with a masculine style. The man went nuts, hitting her face and trying to drag the tie off her. During the attack, Martins lost the cochlear implant that allows her to hear, making the experience all the more terrifying. She posted this to Facebook, swearing she wouldn't feel safe wearing a tie again for a long while:
I don't think I'll be rocking a tie in the near future.
Today, one street away from my home, I was assaulted by a man who just went berserk at me, trying to pull my tie off.
I've got a scratched and punched face, a sore neckline by all the tie pulling and a very bruised soul.
I did fight back a little, but when I saw my implant being tossed around on the floor and stepped on, I just wanted the guy to leave me alone and crouched against the wall with my hands and arms above my head and chest.
The all thing was over in 2 minutes.
Please. Homophobia Transphobia are still very much alive. If you hear or see someone making fun with pub jokes, harassing or bullying of LGBT people, making comments while watching TV or a movie or whatever...
Act. Speak out.
Your silence makes them feel that they are right. They're not.
Tell them. Please. Be part of the solution, not the problem.
Some women wear ties, some men wear skirts. Get the heck over it.
One thing is true: I shouldn't be punched in the face for wearing a tie.
Unexpectedly, the story got shared like crazy, with total strangers sending her messages of support and encouragement. People on Twitter have also been responding to her viral story with the hashtag #TieForHelena, and Martins is using the positive attention to raise money for LGBT organization Stonewall. And she's also getting all these hot pics of people in dapper ties:
While Martins had said she wouldn't be wearing a tie for awhile, it looks like she's been inspired sartorially as well, and tied another one on this Wednesday. You gotta get back on the horse, then put a bow on it: